September 30, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.239

Care News

The current financial crisis is affecting the care industry. It is expected that the government will announce more specific cuts in October but meanwhile many councils are already reducing services or criteria to make financial savings.

Community Care last week gave the following details;

Life expectancy in Scotland is amongst the lowest in Europe.

"The winter flu jab may prevent heart attacks," reported The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper said that having a seasonal flu jab may reduce the risk of a heart attack by one-fifth.The story is based on research that analysed data on 79,000 UK patients. The study compared rates of heart attacks in people given the flu vaccine with those in people who were not vaccinated. Researchers say that the flu vaccination was associated with a 19% lower rate of heart attacks, which may be due to the jab preventing chest infections.

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Surrey and Cornwall.

Interviews for carers have taken place in Norwich.

Manual Handling training has taken place in Norwich, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Michael Gill attended a conference addressing Personalisation and Partnerships.

A meeting has been held with Waveney PCT re. the grey area of care and nursing tasks.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older lady with a terminal illness. Care Manager is Sarah Wright, weekly wage is �587.00 inc.

Two of our clients sadly passed away this week, one we had been privileged to care for since December 2006 and the second lady since 2002.

I appeared on the radio this week as part of a discussion re. the current situation of community care, the reality, the availability, the cost, funding and the future.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The number of old people dying prematurely during the winter months in the�Bath�area is the highest in England, according to a new report.

Question of the Week
"Please can you explain the eligibility for having a free road tax disc. I am a disabled person."

Answer : You may be entitled to a free road tax disc if you are a disabled person in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance. Similarly if you are in receipt of War Pensioners Mobility Supplement or you have an invalid carriage.

The vehicle must be registered in your name or registered in the name of someone you nominate to drive for you. The vehicle can only be used for your purposes and not that of anyone else.

Your local DVLA office will be in your local phone book if you wish for further information.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.